Late push lifts Camels to road win
Trey Freeman scored 17 of his team-leading 19 points in the second half and Campbell closed the game on a 16-6 run to defeat Longwood 83-73 Wednesday night at Willett Hall.
Freeman tied his career highs with 10 assists and four steals, while grabbing a season-high seven rebounds and leading five Camels in double-figure scoring. Marvelle Harris and Darius Leonard each provided 15 points and seven rebounds. Darian Hooker scored 14 and Reco McCarter 10 for Campbell, which held the Lancers to two field goals in the final five minutes of the game.
Campbell (7-9, 2-0 Big South) shot 51.6 percent (32-of-62) from the floor and made 16-of-18 from the line. The Camels out-rebounded the Lancers 37-33 and committed 10 turnovers while winning their fourth straight game. CU played without leading scorer Darren White (21.8 points per game), who injured his left knee in last Saturday’s triple-overtime win versus Gardner-Webb.
“When you go on the road and win in conference play with a bunch of young kids who are getting better and better, it’s a great night,” said Campbell head coach Robbie Laing.
“We spread around the points, had balanced scoring with five in double figures, and out-rebounded our opponent, which was a big factor," Laing said.
Campbell opened the second half on a 24-13 run and led 56-45 after Hooker knocked down a three-pointer from the right corner with 11:28 to play. Michael Kessens’ tip-in brought Longwood within 67-66 with 3:52 to go before the decisive Camel run to finish the game.
“Sometimes when a team catches up, it’s not because your team did something poorly, but it’s sometimes because the other team does something well,” said Laing. “We took away the paint from them pretty much, but didn’t affect their three-point shooters enough.”
Tristan Carey led Longwood (3-13, 0-2 Big South) with 23 points, including 4-of-9 shooting beyond the arc.
Longwood took its first lead of the game during a 14-4 run that gave the Lancers a 29-22 edge with 3:50 left in the first half after Carey’s steal and dunk in transition.
However, the Camels closed the period on a 10-3 flurry as five different players converted in the span to leave the score knotted, 32-32, at the break.
The Camels improved to 2-4 on the road this season and won their second straight away from Buies Creek after last week’s 86-81 overtime win at East Carolina.
Longwood dropped to 2-5 at home and lost its sixth straight overall.
Campbell continues its three-game Big South road stretch Saturday with a 7:30 p.m. start at Presbyterian.